Thinking Fast and Slow: by Daniel Kahneman serialised in quotes III: We simply do not absorb facts that challenge our basic assumptions

Once you adopt a new view of the world, you immediately lose much of your ability to recall what you used to believe before your mind changed.

Facts that challenge basic assumptions—and thereby threaten people’s livelihood and self-esteem—are simply not absorbed.

We cannot supress the powerful intuition that what makes sense in hindsight today was predictable yesterday.

People who spend their time, and earn their living, studying a particular topic produce poorer predictions than dart-throwing monkeys.


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